Do you allow wax coatings in organic food?
Wax coatings are allowed for organic cheese. Fruit and vegetables should not be waxed, as it is not permitted under organic standards.
Waxing is a practise used in conventional horticulture to prevent wrinkling in order to extend shelf life and improve appearance.
Freshly harvested apples and citrus fruit have their own natural waxy coating that protects them from shrivelling and weight loss. When apples are washed at the packing houses to remove dust, about half of the original apple wax will be lost.
In conventional farming this will be replaced by adding a thin layer of paraffin wax before they are packed. However organic apples and citrus are not allowed to be coated with paraffin so any wax in question will be naturally occurring.